In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” – Acts 20:35
I recently read an excellent little book entitled The Go-Giver that was written by Bob Burg and John David Mann. This book is about a go-getter named Joe who is struggling to meet his third quarter sales quota. While trying to find someone with leverage and clout to help him out of his jam, he is introduced to a wise and wealthy old man named Pindar. Through a series of lunch meetings, Pindar introduces Joe to the Five Laws of Stratospheric Success. Pindar’s only requirement for teaching Joe his trade secret for success is that Joe must apply each law to his life as he learns them.
Here are the five laws that Joe is introduced to in the book, The Go-Giver:
The Law of Value
Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment.
The Law of Compensation
Your income is determined by how many people you serve and how well you serve them.
The Law of Influence
Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people’s interests first.
The Law of Authenticity
The most valuable gift you have to offer is yourself.
The Law of Receptivity
The key to effective giving is to stay open to receiving.
If you have not read this book I would highly recommend it. Joe learns that the secret for success is to become a Go-giver instead of a Go-getter. Joe’s life at work and home are transformed as he learns to focus on others instead of focusing on himself. Although this book is not a religious book per se, the principles that it teaches can be found throughout the Bible.
Dear Jesus, you are the true Go-Giver, help us to be wise and brave enough to look beyond our own needs to the needs of others. Help us to love others well through sacrificial giving. Help us to be humble enough to receive from you and others with thanksgiving.